March is music month

March 1, 2013

NEW — 12:10 p.m. March 1, 2013

The Friends of Renton Schools are on a mission to raise $50,000 for Renton School District music programs in the month of March. The goal is to strengthen music programs in the district and make those programs accessible to as many students as possible.

The fundraising goal of $50,000 will provide money directly to school music programs to buy instruments, repair instruments and purchase sheet music.

Parents, staff and community members are encouraged to donate as much, or as little, as they can on the Friends of Renton School Foundation’s secure website,

A donation of $10 would purchase two woodwind recorders, while a $300 donation could go toward a new trumpet.

The community is also invited to see the schools’ music programs in action when Hazen High School and McKnight Middle School musicians perform a concert at 7 p.m. April 4 in the Hazen High School auditorium, 1101 Hoquiam Ave. N.E., Renton.

Newcastle Library hosts discussion about American Indians in cinema

March 1, 2013

NEW — 10:25 a.m. March 1, 2013

Just three months after the Newcastle Library’s grand opening, its program offerings continue to expand with exciting opportunities for the community to get together and learn more about a variety of topics.

March will be no different, with multiple events already scheduled, highlighted by a discussion about the portrayal of Native Americans in cinema.

The event, “American Indians in Cinema: A Conversation to Challenge Our Perceptions,” will center on a discussion led by cinema scholar Lance Rhoades as he prompts participants to address the role cinema has played in producing, perpetuating and challenging perceptions of American Indians.

The March 6 talk begins at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.

See a list of the library’s event offerings for the entire month of March on our calendar.

The Newcastle Library is at 12901 Newcastle Way.